Living Wood Fair

Nelson and Tasman

The Living Wood Fair features a world of wood and abundant creativity in beautiful Golden Bay on 17th & 18th April from 9am ‘til 6pm. This is a wonderful start to the school holidays with plenty of kids activities: They can explore woodworking skills; bushcrafts and adventure skills, listen to stories, learn about taonga pūoro and discover their wildling within. And kids under 16 are free.

There are workshops for parents and children together, some workshops for experienced woodworkers or you can simply explore the markets; enjoy the music, various woodwork activities, and arts and crafts with a refreshing drink and delicious food.

The Living Wood Fair focuses on building awareness, creating change and sharing knowledge around forestry, building and the environment. Activities have four main themes: All aspects of Forestry and Silviculture; Environmental Stewardship; Creative Arts, Wood and Bush Crafts and Natural Building.

Host Graeme Scott will run a workshop on Traditional Timber Frame Joinery, and other workshops include Light Earth Building; Earth Building; and Retrofitting Earthen Materials. Christchurch craft facilitators from Rekindle return to the event, hosting workshops featuring many ways to transform local resources through skills such as Basket Weaving, Carving Beads, Eco-Printing, Making String, Green Woodworking and Spoon Carving for both young and old. The green-fingered can discover many new skills with workshops on Medicinal Herbs, Fruit-Tree Pruning, Whittling Flowers and Foraging and Cooking, or learn how to make Fire with Friction!

We are thrilled to announce that renowned artists Robin Slow, Brian Flintoff, Bob Bickerton, Ariana Tikao, Holly Tikao-Weir and Solomon Rahui are collaborating to bring art, music and storytelling to the Living Wood Fair, as they play and talk about Taonga Pūoro, the traditional musical instruments of Māori. They will present several sessions, including a workshop on how to make two of the taonga pūoro and a short presentation for children exploring some of the instruments featured in creation stories and other ancient tales.

There will be Building and Forestry Forums with experts from around the country as well as talks on Continual Canopy Forestry, Potential Plantation Timber Species, Straw Bale Construction, Hempcrete, Ecosystem Management and Farming in 2030.

An exciting new addition this year is the creation of land based environmental artworks by an enthusiastic team of seven locals, using natural materials such as wood offcuts, bamboo and rocks.

Many talented artists will showcase their crafts: Local blacksmith Pat Baker from Hell's Kitchen Forges, Renford Crump’s hugely popular Bush Crafts; the Wellington Woodworking Friends Collective; Hawke’s Bay instrument maker Phill Jones; Warwick Lilley, a chainsaw carver from Rotorua and Deborah Walsh, a weaving artist from Nelson.

As in previous years there will be a collaboration with Fairholme Gallery across the road from the fairgrounds. Brian Flintoff and Robin Slow have created an exhibition of paintings and carvings which will be on display. A number of established artists and student furniture makers from the Nelson Centre of Fine Woodworking will be showcasing their work in the heritage homestead gallery and gardens.

The Living Wood Fair is proudly supported by Creative New Zealand, Tasman District Council; Creative Communities; Te Uru Rākau [Forestry NZ] and the Roots Bar, Takaka.

Tickets are available from Eventfinda until 16th April at 1pm.

$25 + bf for a daily pass;
$40+bf for the weekend, concession $15+bf per day.
Kids under 16 are free.

Workshop fees are add-on tickets. Get in early as workshops sell out quickly.

Very limited cash only door sales.

Please note this is a no dog event as we have horses working on site.

For further information and updates on the 2021 program, please check out:

Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 09:00 to Monday, April 19, 2021 - 17:45
Location / Venue: 

Totara Whenua, East Takaka Road, Takaka

$25+bf day pass, $40+bf weekend pass, concession $15
More Info:
Event organiser: 
Liv & Graeme Scott